Don’t be the person who "Used to"
Delayed flights are often the cause of stress and annoyance, but to my surprise, I had the best use of my flight delay time writing this blog post. This summer, in Houston, I had the opportunity to intern with one of the big four accounting firms. As I neared the end of my internship, I spent four days in Orlando, Florida with over 3500 interns and hundreds of professionals at the International Intern Leadership Conference. From team building activities to speeches and sessions on financial planning and developing passions, I will treasure my experiences there.
Some topics that were discussed resonated with me, a young rising professional about to embark on post undergrad education and a career in the corporate world. As I share, it’s clear these points not only apply to business professional life but to personal life as well.
1. WHAT YOU DO SERVES AS A TANGIBLE PROOF OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
Why do you do what you do? The why matters more than the what. Once you can see your purpose and drive, the what seems to fall into place better.
2. IT’S AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH IF YOU DON’T CARE WHO GETS THE CREDIT.
- Harry S Truman
3. THE WORDS GREAT, AWESOME, OUTSTANDING ARE OVERUSED. IF WE USE “GREAT” TO DESCRIBE EVERYTHING, WE’RE NOT SAYING ANYTHING AT ALL.
If you appreciate someone’s input in your life, let them know in more words than general superlatives.
Do not let striving to be “perfect” get in the way of better!
Having the mentality of striving to be “Great” can often makes it sound like a pinnacle, but those who are truly great have a continuous pursuit of better
4. DON’T BE THE PERSON WHO “USED TO DO” SOMETHING
- Julia Porter Robinson
What is your passion. Integrate it in your life no matter what path you take. Don’t neglect it. Imagine years in the future someone say “Oh Anjola, the one who Used to do poetry”. The thought alone makes me cringe.
No matter what my professional career looks like in the future, pursing poetry which was my original love will not be neglected.
What did you use to do but stopped? Why?